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Charlie Chan at the Eisners

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was nominated for Eisner Awards this year in the following categories!

  • Best Graphic Album–New
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia
  • Best Writer/Artist
  • Best Coloring
  • Best Lettering
  • Best Publication Design

Which maybe means 6 times the pain in July, but what the hey, appreciating the dream for now 🙂

The Eisner Awards voting is now open till June 16th, you can vote if you’re a comics creator, publisher, editor, historian, educator, librarian or comic store owner/manager… so do go register and vote for your favourite comics and creators at the link below 🙂

EISNERVOTE.com

 

 

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hocky Chye was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016 in the Comics category 🙂

“The history of Singapore and the history of comics are blended in this tour de force that follows the career of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, an imaginary Singaporean cartoonist. Liew mimics styles from manga to comics strips, as Chye tries to find his own voice while adapting to the shifting social and political climate. ”

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Meanwhile, the Singapore Writers Festival is almost over, but I’ll be on one more panel with Gosho Aoyoma on Sunday 13 November, so do drop by if you’re in town  🙂

https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/nacswf/nacswf/programme-listing/festival-events/TWO-COMIC-ICONS–GOSHO-AOYAMA-MEETS-SONNY-LIEW.html

TWO COMIC ICONS: GOSHO AOYAMA MEETS SONNY LIEW

DATE / TIME 13 Nov, Sun 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
VENUE The Arts House, Chamber

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Finally – a variant cover for IDW’s Revolutonaries #1 featurong Rom the Space Knight and a mouse hole from Tom and Jerry 🙂

 

Singapore Literature Prize!

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock won the Singapore Literature Prize in the English Fiction category on July 14! (See a facebook post here)

It’s the first graphic novel to win the award, and there was also the Book of the Year and Cover of the Year awards at the Singapore Book Awards back in May.

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There’s a website you can visit for reviews, pinups and more – click on the image above or this link below:)

http://artofcharliechan.com

Economizing

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The Economist reviews The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (March 12 2016 Print edition)

“A touching, thoughtful meditation on Singapore’s relentless progress…. Like any other country, Singapore means different things to different people. Its detractors admit that modern Singapore is safe, well-run and has achieved remarkable material progress since it became independent just over 50 years ago. And even its defenders admit that Singapore restricts civil liberties… Sonny Liew’s brilliantly inventive “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” weighs those costs and benefits.”

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21694495-touching-thoughtful-meditation-singapores-relentless-progress-lion-city-march

This magazine used to be de riguer reading in junior college days for everything from history to economics and the General Paper :p

 

 

Anticipate

pw3The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016 in the Comics category. Alongside books by Daniel Clowes and Julie Doucet(!)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/69297-the-most-anticipated-books-of-spring-2016.html

A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates the entire career of the titular cartoonist via art and photos to explore the history of both comics and Singapore.

 

Early Reviews

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Early Reviews for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye from the Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus reviews 🙂 Out in March 2016 internationally.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An early candidate for the various best-of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement… tells the story not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself… a tumultuous sweep that is mirrored in the history of cartooning. Make no mistake: this multilayered book is a masterpiece.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“The combination of a powerful message, artistic virtuosity, and a fascinating framing device make for an un-put-downable readThis relentlessly engaging work stretches the boundaries of the graphic novel medium and is highly recommended for fans of political satire, Chris Ware, or Art Spiegelman.”

Kirkus Review

“A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived.”